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Coroner finds “repeated failures” and an “element of complacency” in abortion clinic’s treatment of woman who died in late-term abortion

by | May 1, 2018

By Dave Andrusko

Last week we reposted a story from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) which provided horrific details that came out at the beginning of an inquest into the death of 31-year-old Aisha Chithira. Mrs. Chithira had traveled from Ireland to have a late-term abortion in one of Great Britain’s most prominent abortion chains.

In its coverage today, even the Irish Times, pro-abortion to the core, had to headline its story “Woman’s death after abortion prompts coroner to criticise clinic’s ‘complacency’: Aisha Chithira suffered catastrophic internal bleeding of around two litres.”

According to the account, the coroner, Dr. Sean Cummings,

criticised “repeated failures” at a high-profile abortion clinic following the death of a mother of one, hours after she had a termination.

A West London Coroner’s Court

heard Ms. Chithira died in January 2012 following a late-stage abortion after being discharged from the west London clinic despite vomiting and feeling dizzy, and displaying symptoms that “were not appreciated as potentially sinister.”

Ms. Chithira suffered a tear to her uterus during the “blind” procedure performed under anaesthetic, as a surgeon struggled to remove a 22-week-old foetus from a womb that had not fully dilated.

After the abortion Mrs. Chithira vomited and told her husband, Ryan, she did not feel well. That notwithstanding, the story matter-of-factly notes that the staff at the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, told her she could not stay overnight.

Later that night the mother suffered catastrophic internal bleeding of around two litres and died.

Dr. Adedayo Adedeji, who performed the procedure, and nurses Gemma Pullen and Margaret Miller were charged with manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety breach but the case was dropped in 2016.

In fact, staff at the abortion clinic reported that after her abortion Ms Chithira had “light bleeding.” She “complained of feeling hot, thirsty and dizzy and fell to the floor.”

However, observations taken by a nurse showed her blood pressure and pulse were normal and doctors told the court her symptoms were “atypical” or “unlucky.”

Although the coroner also said, “There were repeated failures of recording of observations by different clinicians involved in her care,” he let the abortion clinic off the hook. He concluded her position was “difficult to diagnose and consequently the severity was missed,” the Irish Times reported

SPUC provided further details in its account, based on a story in the Metro.

Mrs. Chithira’s widower, Ryan Kapengule, said in a statement that he spoke to his wife by phone as she was preparing to leave the clinic and travel to her cousin’s house in Slough, but she told him she was “too weak to speak” and ended the call.

“I kept ringing her but there was no reply, Aisha didn’t ring back or reply to my texts – I thought at first she had arrived in Slough and just wanted to rest.

“Her sister called me, this was at 12.42am. She asked me where Aisha was and I said she was in Slough, she said she wasn’t in Slough.

“Ten minutes later she called me back and said someone had called her and Aisha was dead.”

The inquest began only a week after the Ealing Council imposed a Public Space Protection Order banning pro-lifers from holding vigils and offering help outside the clinic.

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